Wedding Ceremony Readings

Select the perfect wedding ceremony readings

Selecting Wedding Ceremony Readings

Whether you’re officially tying the knot at a church or under a pergola by the water, it’s common for couples to choose one or two readings for their wedding ceremony. It’s tradition to have a close friend or family member contribute a Bible scripture or passage, Irish blessing, Chinese proverb, poem, or a passage from a favorite classic literary novel. See? You have options! But how do you choose the right ones to not only fit your wedding vibe, but a reading that is also meaningful for you and your significant other?

Here are three popular readings for your wedding ceremony and how they fit different wedding themes.

officiant reading at wedding ceremony
officiant at wedding ceremony

1. Religious Scripture and Passages

Passages and scriptures from the Bible are great to include if your wedding will incorporate religious traditions. A common passage read during a wedding ceremony from the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a.

“Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.”

2. Traditional Irish Blessing

This traditional Irish blessing has been read at Celtic weddings for centuries and is a sweet enduring poem that wishes hope and blessings on you and your new spouse. This is a great option for non religious ceremonies, too!

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

The rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;

May you see your children’s children.

May you be poor in misfortune,

Rich in blessings,

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward.

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be always at your back

May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

And may the hand of a friend always be near.

May green be the grass you walk on,

May blue be the skies above you,

May pure be the joys that surround you,

May true be the hearts that love you.

wedding ceremony reading at church
reading at wedding ceremony

3. Classic Love Poems

Having a friend read a classic love poem is a sweet and meaningful way to reflect on the love you and your spouse share and remind your married guests of the vows they made when they were married.

One poem that captures this is called “How Do I Love Thee” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height

My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight

For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.

I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;

I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.

I love with a passion put to use

In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.

I love thee with a love I seemed to lose

With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,

I shall but love thee better after death.

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